About: Jeff Nilsson

Jeff Nilsson Jeff Nilsson is the director of Post archives and a website editor. He is a specialist in American History, with graduate studies at the University of Wisconsin, University of New Mexico, and Eastern Michigan University. He writes our website's weekly Retrospective feature, and is directing the program of digitally converting the magazine's 190 years of issues.

Posts by Jeff Nilsson:

The Troubles of an American Ideal

America was tired of manufactured heroes — movie stars; politicians, bootleggers; flagpole sitters — and then came Lindbergh, the real thing: modest, courageous, ingeneous, and quietly self-confident.... More

The Royal Role of Grace Kelly

If she hadn't won an Academy Award and married the Prince of Monaco, would the media still be writing about Grace Kelly after all these... More

Protecting Animals from Beasts

Post editorials of the 1860s reflect a long campaign for animal rights, which helped establish the ASPCA in New York 144 years ago this month.... More

The Wild Heart of Sam Houston

The successes of Sam Houston's life were as remarkable as its failures. Again and again, as Houston saw his fortunes collapse, he looked for solace—retreating... More

Longfellow in the Post

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow—a contemporary of Sam Houston—is one of the most American of our poets. Certainly he is better known than most, even if all... More

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